Friday, December 23, 2011
3-point stance: Senators in football
By Ivan Maisel
1. Thanks to all of you who responded to my question Tuesday regarding U.S. senators who played college football. Two current senators, John Boozman (R.-Ark.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) played at Arkansas and Wake Forest, respectively. Among the former senators who played varsity football: J. William Fulbright (D.-Ark.) at Arkansas, Milward J. Simpson (R-Wyo.) at Wyoming, George Allen (R.-Va.) at Virginia and, of course, Richard Nixon (R-Calif.) at Whittier College.
2. Tom Williams, who resigned as Yale head coach on Wednesday, replaces UCF coach George O’Leary as the example of how not to write a résumé. Williams said he had been a Rhodes Scholarship candidate as a Stanford linebacker two decades ago. Not quite. Williams said he had been asked at Stanford to apply. In his mind, he was a candidate. That may not have been good enough for Yale, but I understood it. The San Francisco 49ers refuted his claim that he had been a free agent with them. Williams is a good man and a smart guy. Like O’Leary at Notre Dame a decade ago, he got dumped for being sloppy.
3. Here’s the reason that 11-1 Boise State didn’t trip over its cleats when it played 6-6 Arizona State in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. Disciplined beats undisciplined every time. The Sun Devils underachieved under Dennis Erickson and he probably would be the first to tell you as much. Arizona State made the same penalties and suffered the same breakdowns it made in going from 6-2 to 6-6. What a mess. As usual, Boise State won’t get credit for beating a big-name team. But the Broncos, as usual, simply were better.